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. as a union soldier once noted as he sat on his horse placidly while shells exploded around him, aung san suu kyi didn't scare worth a damn. it is not power that corrupts, she says, but fear. fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the surge of power corrupts those who are subject to it. aung san suu kyi would not be afraid and that is the most powerful resistance human beings are capable of. i want to thank you, i want to thank you, for teaching me at my age a thing or two about courage and for reminding me to always expect justice to triumph over in justice, goodness over evil, love over hate. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, former first lady of the united states, mrs. laura bush. [applause] >> i want to thank the united states congress for allowing me to add my voice to the global chorus of honors for aung san suu kyi and to send along the deep respect of my husband george as well. the transition in burma, or eastern europe, shows that history has a hopeful direction capable of miracles. there is a part of every soul but longs for freedom and any government built o
for a more perfect union. mr. president, he carried the torch for all who believe the purpose of politics was to improve the lives of others. cit carried the torch for the underdog, the person on the street, the family struggling to pay the bills, carried the torch of opportunity, equality and every budget negotiation, every legislative battle, every bi-partisan agreement. tip carried the personal manifestation of the american dream and carried the torch for everyone else who strive to achieve it. for tip standing on principle was not about political gain, but fighting for the voiceless and the aspirations of the middle-class. the effort to reform and save social security was not about figures on a page, but the seniors fighting to make ends meet. that is why i am so proud of what he did with president reagan to prolong the life of social security. for tip, floor debate were not about abstract numbers, they were about people, the consequences, the policy to their lives. those are values that enabled to the neil to leave his giant footprint, a giant footprint on the course of american hist
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